Am I Eligible for a Life Settlement?


In order to assess whether you are eligible for a life settlement, our experience suggests the insured should be 65 years of age or older and have some medical impairments. Additionally the insurance company that issued the policy is “A” rated or better and the policy death benefit is $250,000 or greater.

Qualification factors of a life settlement:

Age of the Insured
Health of the Insured
Type of Insurance Policy
Life Insurance Policy Premium
Life Insurance Policy Death Benefit (a.k.a. Size of Policy)
Insurance Company Rating

Details about the qualification factors of a life settlement:

Age of the Insured

Seniors over the age of 65.
Those under the age of 65 may qualify depending on medical condition.
Typically, investors are interested in life insurance policies of individuals who are older.

Health of the Insured

Medical records will be requested and kept confidential.
Generally, Institutional Funds prefer to have medical records that support a life expectancy of 8-12 years.

Type of Insurance Policy

Any type of insurance policies (ex: universal life, whole life, term life, group life) can be assessed.
If the policy is a Term policy, it must be able to be converted or changed into a permanent policy.

Life Insurance Policy Premium

Generally, institutional buyers prefer to see a premium to death benefit ratio of 6% or less.

Life Insurance Policy Death Benefit

The policy should have a face value of at least $250,000 to attract more attention from the Institutional Market.

Insurance Company Rating

Institutional buyers prefer to purchase policies used by “A” rated insurance companies.

Getting Started

Consider the following:
Age      - are you or your client 75 or above?
Health - any of the 'chronic' health issues listed in the picture?
DB        - what is the amount of the current death benefit?

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Why would anybody want to have a Certified Policy Analysis?

We generally see four primary reasons a sale should be considered:

New goals

New goals within your life’s plan.
we know with certainty that life is not static and comes with opportunities as well as speed bumps.
A life settlement may be a way to increase retirement assets or enable a loved one to receive an immediate benefit from proceeds.

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Outgrown need

You’ve outgrown your need for the policy.
You most likely purchased insurance when motivated by the desire to provide financial security for someone in the event of your death.
Today, because your savings are sufficient, or the family members you wanted to protect are grown and independent, you realize the protection is no longer needed.

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Your life insurance policy hasn’t performed as expected or projected.
Many policies sold over the past 30 years used non-guaranteed assumptions to project future policy values.
Economic conditions have surely caused insurers to reduce the earnings of the typical policy.
These same conditions may have an impact on your ability to meet the premium required to maintain the coverage on a go-forward basis.

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Change of Plans

Estate tax and business continuation plans have changed.
Life insurance is an integral component to most estate and business succession plans.
The current estate exemption of $5+ million places less emphasis on maintaining estate liquidity insurance. Business owners and executives typically maintain insurance on their lives to protect the business.
When the business is sold or the executive leaves his/her employer, the ability to convert the insurance to cash becomes extremely valuable.

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These protections include receiving certain disclosures about the sale of your life insurance policy and the potential ramifications of such a sale.
Also, if there are intermediaries involved in the sale of your policy (these individuals or companies are called “brokers”), most states require the broker to disclose the amount of commission you will be paying them for assisting with your life insurance settlement.


Even more importantly, when a company like Settlement Master obtains a life settlement provider’s license, it means that your state’s Insurance Department has thoroughly vetted us.
In most states, our principals are required to fill out biographical affidavits, submit fingerprints, financial statements, and even place large sums of cash on deposit in order for us to qualify. Why? Because your state has decided that if a company like Settlement Master is going to purchase your life insurance policy, they want to know who we are. Thus, if you’re looking at selling a life insurance policy to a life settlement provider like Settlement Master, one of the first questions you should ask is, “Are you licensed as a provider in my state?”
As part of our anti-fraud initiatives in the state of New York, Settlement Master participates in the New York Public Awareness Campaign offered through our trade association the Life Insurance Settlement Association (LISA).
For more information please review our Terms & Conditions.

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If the policy you are interested in selling is owned by you or someone else in one of the following states, we can help.
We are licensed as a life insurance settlement provider or otherwise permitted to purchase life settlements in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming.

If your state is included in the above list, please call us with any questions you might have about life insurance settlement compliance or life insurance settlements in general.

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